The drumbeat of innovation continues with the latest release of Citrix CloudPlatform version 4.5.1.  This mid-year update comes on the heels of the February delivery of version 4.5 and delivers, among other capabilities, full support for baremetal servers.

With this release, customers can now incorporate their existing baremetal infrastructure under Citrix CloudPlatform control and manage both physical and virtual machines using the same management platform. Enabling baremetal allows customers to leverage baremetal hosts in a manner similar to VMs in a hypervisor environment – i.e. assign servers to users on-demand, attach virtual networks, configure network services, track usage and more.

Why choose baremetal?
Some workloads require the most processing power they can get, and baremetal servers deliver high performance. With Citrix CloudPlaform 4.5.1, baremtetal servers are now supported running in zones with advanced networking gaining sophisticated built-in networking functionality. For example, in an advanced network zone, baremetal instances benefit from VLAN isolation provided by Citrix CloudPlatform that is particularly useful if you want to provide baremetal as a service offering for public clouds.  All the other rich networking capabilities found in Citrix CloudPlatform including load balancing, firewalling, VPN connections and more are also available to workloads on baremetal. Baremetal joins the list of first class compute options for your cloud deployments that includes support for major hypervisor platforms and GPU technology.

Figure 1: Selecting A Baremetal Compute Option

Other Release Highlights

For Citrix XenDesktop and Citrix XenApp customers
Citrix XenDesktop and Citrix XenApp customers will really appreciate the operational simplicity and flexibility gains.  Now desktop administrators can use the new browser-based upload capability to directly select templates and volumes.  In addition they can choose to use existing DHCP and DNS network services previously installed by 3rd party vendors instead of those offered through Citrix CloudPlatform.

For VMware deployments
VMware customers gain streamlined configuration and monitoring of virtual network switches for large deployments on vSphere via support for vSphere Distributed Switch.  Additionally, support for vMotion with VMFS storage is now supported.

Storage-specific enhancements
The last set of enhancements are in the form of flexible storage options with granular control.  Local storage options for System VMs can now be set at the zone or cluster level vs. the global setting that applied to the entire Citrix CloudPlatform deployment in prior release. New primary storage options enable existing VMs to continue running while preventing new volumes from being provisioned.

Coming soon, new diagnostics utility
Beyond the direct development in Citrix CloudPlatform 4.5.1, the team has been hard at work developing a new tool to help administrators manage their deployment locally. This new tool, which will be available soon, will arm administrators with the latest Citrix CloudPlatform information, detect known issues, and resolve problems immediately without having to open a service ticket.  Stay tuned for more on this helpful new utility in the coming weeks.

Even more innovation – lifecycle management
Citrix is also keen to make it easier to deploy and manage Citrix workloads (others to follow) on Citrix CloudPlatform via the upcoming Citrix Lifecycle Management offering.   Using predefined and customizable blueprints, administrators will be able to deploy workloads including Citrix XenDesktop and  Citrix XenApp to Citrix CloudPlatform with ease and repeatability.  Monitoring and upgrading those workloads will also be a breeze.  More on Citrix Lifecycle Management here.

In summary, a lot of new innovation is happening in and around Citrix CloudPlatform. With this new release completed, the team is hard at work on the next set of enhancements.  The roadmap for Citrix CloudPlatform is bountiful and there’s much to look forward to.

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